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Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash: Flight Shot Down Over Ukraine 

Eline Gordts / The Huffington Post

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, wrote on Facebook that the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher over the country’s east, the Associated Press reports.

Afghan unrest: Taliban attack on Kabul airport over

BBC News Asia

Heavily armed militants who attacked Kabul International Airport with grenades and automatic weapons have been repelled, Afghan officials say.

Hip-Hop Diplomacy: Fostering Cross-Cultural Creative Expression

USC Annenberg

This photo essay on hip-hop diplomacy depicts the first Next Level program in India that recently came to a close after a three-week tour in Patna and Kolkata…

Stocks dip around the world on new Russia sanctions

Ryan Vlastelica / Reuters

The new U.S. sanctions announced late on Wednesday effectively shut off longer-term dollar funding for companies close to President Vladimir Putin.

Negotiators likely to miss deadline for Iran deal

John Irish and Parisa Hafezi / iol News

Officials from both sides have said it appears the talks will not yield a breakthrough by the self-imposed target date after two weeks of efforts failed to bridge gaps in positions over a deal intended to end a decade-long dispute.

Tony Abbott hails demise of ‘useless, destructive’ carbon tax

Lenore Taylor / The Guardian

Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements.

Russia to reopen spy base in Cuba as relations with US continue to sour

Alec Luhn / The Guardian

The deal to reopen the signals intelligence facility in Lourdes, south of Havana, was agreed in principle during president Vladimir Putin‘s visit to the island as part of a Latin American tour last week, according to the newspaper Kommersant.


ASP Recent Reports

 Fusion White Paper 2014 – 10 Year Plan for American Energy Security

American Security Project

ASP’s White Paper, “Fusion Power – A 10 Year Plan for American Energy Security” provides a detailed plan on how to accelerate the development of fusion power.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

 House Science Committee Hearing on Fusion Energy

Andrew Holland

On July 11, 2014, a House Committee examined the future viability of fusion energy. There was bipartisan support for the “virtually limitless” energy source.

 Why ASP supports Fusion Research

Andrew Holland

ASP’s CEO sent a letter to Congress outlining why we support greater research into fusion energy: “fusion power would revolutionize America’s economy.”


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